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Around 7:30 p.m. Thursday police responded to a call of a one-vehicle accident involving an ATV at the corner of Glennwilde and Honeycutt Road. While still under investigation, the rider is suspected of being impaired.

The rider was not wearing any protective equipment when the accident occurred, according to Maricopa Police Department. Details are still being gathered on exactly what happened.

Maricopa locals claiming to be witnesses to the accident said the rider was driving the ATV with no lights on before the incident. Afterward, by-passers said he bleeding from a head injury. The identity of the rider has not been released as the investigation is still open.

“(The) rider was transported to a valley hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. Charges pending blood results,” MPD spokesman Ricardo Alvarado said.

Further information will be updated as it becomes available.

A collision on Maricopa-Casa Grande Highway today claimed a life. The incident occurred around 3:45 p.m.

Maricopa Police Department described the two vehicles involved in the fatal incident as a commercial vehicle and a small SUV. Maricopa Fire/Medical Department stated it was a head-on collision near the junction of Hartman Road.

MPD immediately detoured traffic off the stretch of MCGH between Hartman Road and White and Parker Road. The possible cause of the collision and the identity of those involved are not yet available.

MPD spokesman Ricardo Alvarado said the victim was a 75-year-old female from the Stanfield area, but no name is being released. “We aren’t going to release it at this time per the family’s request,” he said.

It is the second death on Maricopa roads this week. A Mesa resident died in a head-on collision with a wrong-way driver on State Route 347 near Casa Blanca Road early Monday morning.

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The victim in the fatal, two-vehicle collision involving a wrong-way driver that occurred on State Route 347 Sunday has been identified as Ma C. Ponce, 67, from Mesa, according to the Department of Public Safety.

“[The] name of the wrong-way driver cannot be provided at this time due to the fact that he is hospitalized,” said DPS spokesman Bart Graves. “The male, age 31, is from Maricopa and charges are pending his release from the hospital.”

According to the initial report from DPS, the wrong-way driver was traveling north in the southbound lanes around midnight Sunday when he impacted another vehicle head-on.

More information will be provided once the investigation has concluded.


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The investigation is still ongoing in a fatal, two-vehicle collision involving a wrong-way driver that occurred on State Route 347 near Casa Blanca Road around midnight.

According to Arizona Department of Public Safety, the wrong-way driver was traveling north in the southbound lanes when he impacted another vehicle head-on. The driver was taken to a local hospital where he is currently being treated for serious injuries.

The other driver was pronounced deceased at the hospital.

“AZDPS detectives are leading the investigation and believe impairment is a factor,” said DPS spokesman Bart Graves. “We’ll put out a general update once we hear back from the investigators.”

A man was struck and killed in a hit-and-run crash in Maricopa early Thursday morning.

A 20-year-old man, identified as Briar Mckay Hoover, was in a car with his father when an argument began. The man fell out of the vehicle near S.R. 347 and Smith Enke Road and was struck by another vehicle. Reports by police state the vehicle the male fell out of did remain on scene. All traffic on westbound Smith Enke has reopened to traffic. All road closures due to the accident have been removed.

The other vehicle said to be a “dark-colored” sedan fled the scene.

“We are still investigating what happened,” MPD spokesman Ricardo Alvarado said.

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At least one person was injured in a collision this morning at the intersection of Maricopa-Casa Grande Highway and White and Parker Road.

Maricopa Police spokesman Ricardo Alvarado said it appeared a car ran into the back of a box truck. A piece of the two-door Hyundai Accent was still attached to the truck when first responders arrived.

Maricopa Fire/Medical Department personnel extracted a person from the car.

The road was closed in all direction as the patient was treated and police investigated.

Three people were treated for non-life-threatening injuries. Photo by Raquel Hendrickson

A collision at Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Maricopa Road next to Copper Sky Regional Park resulted in non-life-threatening injuries Friday evening.

It is suspected a southbound vehicle turned left in front of northbound traffic and collided with the second vehicle, according to Maricopa Police Department. Three people were transported to a hospital as a precaution.

MPD, City of Maricopa Fire/Medical Department, AMR and Ak-Chin Police responded to the scene. Police directed northbound traffic around the incident, but MLK Boulevard was blocked off as first responders worked.


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A violent traffic crash on White and Parker Road has reportedly killed two people south of Maricopa.

The incident, being investigated by Ak-Chin first responders with support from Pinal County Sheriff’s deputies, has closed the road from Peters and Nall Road to Louis Johnson Road.

Two lifeline helicopters were also deployed to the scene.

The crash is being described as a single-vehicle rollover of an extended-cab pickup. Two people are reported deceased and two others injured. Names have not been publicly released. Learn more


A 21-year-old man died from injuries suffered in a collision between the motorcycle he was riding and a pickup truck at Maricopa/Casa Grande Highway and Maricopa Groves Parkway shortly before 6:30 p.m. Thursday.

Maricopa Police Department identified Charles Helton, 21, as the motorcyclist.

According to MPD, he was flown to Chandler Regional Medical Center in critical condition, where he later died.

“It is still under investigation to determine the cause,” said MPD spokesman Ricardo Alverado. “We had the Department of Public Safety come out last night and help us with measurements and diagrams.”

Alverado said officers are still planning to re-examine the scene and speak with witnesses to determine the cause of the crash.

He said the pickup was turning westbound onto the Maricopa/Casa Grande Highway from Maricopa Groves Parkway. Police believe Helton was traveling westbound on the highway at the time and the two collided near the intersection.

The Maricopa/Casa Grande Highway was closed from Plainview Street to Maricopa Groves for much of the night.

The crash remains under investigation and more information will be provided when it becomes available.


A three-vehicle collision injured motorists and stopped traffic on Smith-Enke Road Tuesday night.

None of the injuries was life-threatening.

The collision occurred after 8 p.m. between the intersections of Porter Road and DR Horton Drive. One vehicle reportedly swerved into oncoming traffic.

A second traffic incident occurred around the same time at the intersection of John Wayne Parkway and Edison Road when a vehicle went into a ditch. No injuries were reported.

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At least one person was injured in a collision Thursday at the intersection of Porter Road and Maricopa-Casa Grande Highway.

A PT Cruiser and a pickup truck were involved in the incident, which caused temporary lane closures. A woman was described as having lacerations from broken glass.

MPD is directing traffic at the location while investigating. The incident occurred around noon.

One of the vehicles involved in a multi-car collision. Photos by Amelia and Daisy Guzman

No serious injuries were reported in a five-vehicle collision on northbound State Route 347.

Department of Public Safety spokesman Quentin Mehr said five people reported very minor injuries and no one was transported to a hospital. Vehicles, however, were transported from the scene.

The incident occurred at 10:28 a.m. at milepost 185 where blowing dust obscured visibility. Traffic was slowed as state troopers and other law enforcement responded to the scene, but the road was not closed.

Blowing dust continues to be an issue between the gravel pit road and Riggs Road, and motorists are urged to drive with caution.

Northbound traffic on SR 347 north of the gravel pit is at a near stand-still as troopers work a five-vehicle crash in the blowing dust. ADOT photo

A multi-vehicle accident on State Route 347 north of the gravel pit stopped northbound traffic this morning.

According to the Department of Public Safety, five vehicles were involved. The incident occurred at milepost 185 at around 10:28 a.m.

“Troopers and emergency personnel are on scene working to clear the road,” said DPS spokesman Quentin Mehr. “At this time, I do not have information on the number of injuries or severity.”

Blowing dust has been affecting the flow of traffic all morning on SR 347, and dust has been particularly heavy in that area.

Southbound traffic is meeting a wall of blowing dust on SR 347. ADOT photo

Two young people were treated on scene by first responders. Photo by Mason Callejas

An collision snarled traffic at a busy intersection Thursday afternoon as schools were dismissing classes.

Maricopa Police Department reported no serious injuries, though two juveniles in one of the vehicles complained of stomach pain and were treated on scene at Honeycutt and Porter roads.

According to MPD spokesman Ricardo Alvarado, a southbound van on Porter collided with a northbound Jeep trying to turn left onto Honeycutt Road. The juveniles were passengers in the Jeep. The investigation became a matter of what color the north-south traffic lights were.

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“The driver of the Jeep stated the light was red,” Alvarado said. “The driver of the van said the light was yellow. An independent witness at the scene said the light was green.”

Police sided with the independent witness and cited the Jeep driver for causing an accident.

Neither vehicle sustained serious damage and both were able to be driven from the scene. 

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An accident south of Maricopa involving an ATV and a pickup truck has left one person dead.

The collision occurred Wednesday at 12:35 p.m. on northbound State Route 347 near State Route 84 – about 13 miles south of Maricopa, said Department of Safety Spokesman Bart Graves.

The fatal collision allegedly occurred after a male driver of an ATV struck the Ford pickup truck.

“There was a secondary minor injury collision at that same location,” Graves said.

A portion of SR 347 is closed in both directions while emergency crews work the scene.

This is a developing story.


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A Maricopa man died Sunday night in a wrong-way collision on State Route 347 south of Interstate 10. The crash closed the road for eight hours.

Christopher A. Canavett, 20, of Maricopa was the only fatality in the incident, which involved four vehicles.

According to Department of Public Safety spokesman Raul Garcia, Canavett was driving south on SR 347 when he crossed over into northbound traffic. He side-swiped one vehicle and collided head-on with another. The fourth vehicle rear-ended that vehicle as well, according to the report.

Canavett died at the scene.

“One subject was admitted for observation at Chandler Regional,” Garcia said. “Three other vehicles struck debris from the four-vehicle crash.”

The person who was taken to the hospital was the driver of the third vehicle that was hit twice.

The collision occurred around 8:16 p.m. The road was re-opened at 4:13 a.m.

The crash remains under investigation.